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Éamon De Valera was born in New York City in1882. Éamon's Spanish father died when Éamon was only two. His mother who was from County Limrick sent him home to Bruree to be brought up by his granmother.
De Valera joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood and in 1916 he was in command at Bolands Mills on the south of Dublin. He was then imprisoned for his part in the Easter Rising and would have been killed but for his American backround.
De Valera was relesed from prison in 1917 and afterwards was elected Sinn Fein Member of Parliament for County Clare. In 1918 he was again elected for Clare and Mayo and was picked as Leader of the first Dáil in 1919. De Valera aposed the negotiations in London to the treaty of 1921 between Britain and Ireland which established the Irish free state.
In 1926 he founded the Fianna Fáil party and in 1931 he established the Irish Press. In 1932 he became Taoiseach a position he held until his election to the presidency in 1959. After 14 years his team of office was over in 1975. He sadly died on the 29th of Augest 1975.
Did You Know ?
Éamon De Valera was a professor of Mathematics and even taught in summer schools.
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